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Arsenic and Old Lace

DVD - 2000
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Arsenic and Old Lace
An easy going drama critic discovers that his kind and gentle Aunts Abby and Martha have a bizarre habit of poisoning gentlemen callers and burying them in the cellar.


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Jun 14, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frank Capra left us so many wonderful films. Arsenic and Old Lace Is just plain zany. The characters here are over the top and yet so sincere. They have ridiculous ideas but they are completely unaware of there consequences. One of Frank Capra best films!

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very funny stage to screen slapstick adaptation from Frank Capra. Cary Grant's comedic timing and facial expressions were hysterical. And agreed, those cute little aunties were adorable, especially the plump and waddling one. Raymond Massey was pretty creepy, and the rat-like Peter Lorre was always a perfect sniveling sidekick. Fun flick.

May 29, 2012
  • Palomino rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Cary Grant: not near as good-looking as I'd heard, but ten times funnier. I always have trouble with old movies, I'm used to the detail and subtlety of modern TV dramas (and, you know, colour film), but as soon as I realized this was a farcical play and not a normal movie, I was happy. The old aunts are adorable, and I'm normally allergic to old aunts. I like the running Boris Karloff jokes. I was actually scared in places, I'm easily scared. I think anyone would enjoy this.

Oct 19, 2011
  • EuSei rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Funny movie, but after a while the excess of hysteria might get to your nerves. The two old aunties—Josephine Hull and Jean Adair—are absolutely priceless and, together with Peter Lore, they save the movie. Raymond Massey—The Fountainhead—will make you laugh hard with his appearance. Grant, is handsome as ever, but a bit too finicky, making too many faces. Priscilla Lane is enchanting and sweet.

Oct 13, 2010
  • melbl8tr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A classic - Cary Grant at his finest but Josephine Hull and Jean Adair steal the show as the Brewster sisters.

Jun 08, 2010
  • mieke61 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've always enjoyed Cary Grant, and this is one of his best.

May 28, 2010
  • darkorion98 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favorite Grant films. Very funny yet confusing at times.

Jan 26, 2010
  • GailRoger rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the two perfect Hallowe'en movies of all time! (The other is the 1963 version of The Haunting.) The play itself is a delight, but the movie has such tricks and treats as Cary Grant doing several triple-takes, and Raymond Massey being truly creepy. Very funny, and for a faint-heart like myself, not a little scary.


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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Mortimer Brewster: "Yes, operator, I'd like the Happy Dale Sanatorium, Happy Dale, New York. ...Come on, operator, what's taking so long? They're just across the river. I could swim it faster! No, I don't want the Happy Dale Laundry. I want the Happy Dale Sanatorium. Sanatorium, sanatorium, sanatorium. Yes, yes, like a broken record. Hello -- what? They're busy? Busy? Look, they're busy and you're dizzy. No, I am not drunk, madam, but you've given me an idea!"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Elaine Harper: "But, darling... Niagara Falls!" Mortimer Brewster: "It does? Well, let it."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Mortimer Brewster (chasing potential room-renter Mr. Gibbs out of the house): "You... Get out of here! D'ya wanna be poisoned? D'ya wanna be murdered? D'ya wanna be killed?"


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